Inspiration for work life; holiday reading and fun stuff on the net

Date: 26th December 2014

Are you looking for inspiration applicable to your daily work life or some interesting, fun holiday reading? Here are some places where you can find real inspiration that’ll get you excited to go to work… or something to entertain you while relaxing on the beach blanket…

Adapted from a Hubspot blog.

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1) Reddit & Specialized SubReddits

Reddit isn’t just for cat pictures, food posts, and inside jokes — although you’ll find a lot of that on their home page. When you look past that, you’ll find the site hosts a wealth of entrepreneurial- and inspiration-focused “subreddits.” (Click here to search subreddits for topics that interest you.) There are some great social media marketing, advertising, SEO, SEM, and online marketing communities in there, along with more general groups like the “Get motivated!” subreddit. Sometimes the best way to sort through the issues you face on a daily basis is by reading posts by and talking with groups of like-minded people who are dealing with the same stuff.

2) TED Talks

It’s somewhat of a cliché to refer people to TED for ideas and inspiration for new concepts, but all clichés are rooted in truth on some level. Looking through the classic TED videos can be a good way to learn about body language, presentation styles, and other ways that you can improve your skills in the workplace.

3) The Oatmeal

While the internet memes and insider references can be irritating at best (and downright weird at worst), there is no denying how funny it is. The site will give you an opportunity to laugh at the absurdities of work life — and, hopefully, motivate you to get back to your task list.

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If you’re signed up to do Challenge Wanaka next month, the Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances is a must read!

4) Tim Ferriss

The “Four Hour Work Week” might be a dream for most account executives and anyone in a similar position, but the content of Tim Ferriss’s books, podcasts, and the site itself are applicable for people in a variety of professions.

5) Chris Guillebeau

Guillebeau is known for leading the charge for people who wish to lead unconventional lives, which he discusses on his website, “The Art of Non-Conformity.” And whether or not you’re into the non-conformity thing, his writing could be the wake-up call that inspires you to make a change for the better. After all, anything that provokes you to improve yours and your clients’ lives is a good thing.

6) Meet Advisors

Never underestimate the value of a good mentor who cares about your success. Meet Advisors is a great way to connect with people you may not otherwise run into. Talking with professionals who have experience successfully dealing with challenging issues can be one of the smartest things you do when you feel like you’re stuck.

7) Gaping Void

Hugh McLeod’s site has become a modern classic. The cartoons and artwork are inspiring on their own, of course, but his words might be more valuable. Sign up for the daily or weekly emails for a regularly scheduled, figurative kick in the butt.


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